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Passage Grave


On the right-hand side of the road from Linden to Heide there is a restored passage grave from the middle Neolithic (approx. 3,000 BC). The grave complex was discovered in 1879 and belonged to a group of nine burial mounds.

The megalithic tomb is a so-called passage grave. These structures are usually larger than the simple dolmens and are usually accessible from one long side. Passage graves were created with a rectangular, round or oval floor plan. Rectangular chambers occur mainly in the south of Schleswig-Holstein and are therefore also referred to as "Holstein chambers". In contrast, tombs with a polygonal floor plan are mainly found in the north of the country and are less common south of the river Eider.

During the restoration in 1980, remains of the original chamber floor and the former stone circle around the mound were documented. In the course of the restoration, large parts of the dry stone masonry, which had now fallen, had to be rebuilt. In addition, one of the supporting stones was broken. This was supplemented with concrete. The mound around the chamber was raised again according to the old dimensions. For security reasons, it was decided to slope down the access to the burial chamber and wall it up with modern natural paving stones.

Despite these concessions, the reconstructed megalithic tomb in Linden-Pahlkrug gives a very good impression of the Middle Neolithic monumental architecture. It is also the only reconstructed and accessible passage grave in southern Schleswig-Holstein.

The tomb is north of the road from Heide to Pahlen, between the Linden bypass and Pahlkrug. The monument is signposted and there is a small parking lot for visitors. It is only around 70 m from the parking lot to the grave complex. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2020
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
11th October 2020ce

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